Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Huddle Cub

Frigid days linked by snow.
Shopping carts nestle outside a Cub corral
The banner on the cold aluminum frame says: “Thank you”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

More cold chemestry in Wayzata

A new shop in Wayzata, bringing frozen yogurt experimentation and creativity to the cold climes.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A cold experience.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Reach me the butter, or give me a pat on the head.

My illustration above.  I found this following bit of information surprising:

 Taken from the Los Angelos Times:

 "Per-capita butter consumption rose to 5.6 pounds in 2012, up from a low of 4.1 pounds in 1997, according to the American Butter Institute. In the decade starting in 2002, butter consumption grew 25%. The growing popularity of butter coincided with more understanding about the health hazards of its processed counterpart. Trans fats are vegetable oils that have been blended with hydrogen to boost shelf life and mimic the qualities of butter or lard. But research shows the ingredient raises levels of LDL cholesterol – also known as bad cholesterol. Trans-fats consumption depresses levels of the better HDL cholesterol, which helps prevent heart disease. The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules in November that would all but ban the artery-clogging fats.,0,6405296.story#ixzz2r9zTJ8Js

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pond Hockey January 24-26th, Maynards, Excelsior

I will venture out to capture some of the authentic outdoor hockey excitemtn this weekend. Photos to follow.... The above "breakaway goal" photo was taken a few years back at the pond hockey championship.

Sunrise and an old pickup

Riding with lady luck.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Big Island National Park

I haven't been out to the Island for a while. Shelly says the sign at the "entrance" reads "Big Island National Park". I have a friend who got a ticket for snowmobiling on the Island. 114 bucks. I have written about the island, activities, and the various owners..... This from the Orono Web site- Big Island History "The City of Orono stepped up and in partnership with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District obtained a grant from the State of Minnesota to purchase the property for park purposes. A majority of the site was placed in a Conservation Easement to preserve its open space and natural character. The remainder of the site will only be minimally developed to allow for passive recreational and educational uses."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Baby Boomer musings....

Monday, January 13, 2014

Big Island Cross Country Ski Race and Benefit

The "Shut" Sign admonishes people to shut the door!(Post sub-zero stretch)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Out to the Deephaven Beach Beachouse

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Splender in the grass @20 below.

Decorative grass. I gazed out the picture window and decided to venture across the lawn and take a picture of our decorative grass. The wind was blowing. My motivation dissipated. The extreme cold made this simple task a challenge. Trying to capture the grass in motion, I eventually chose a blade laying in the snow as a subject. Then I headed back.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Frozen images

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Polar Plunge, January 2014 in Excelsior

Eight below zero. I arrived late, tread my way down on the snow encrusted dock to get a decent vantage point. Distant. At intervals you could hear the crew shout: “Make way for the jumpers!” and a group of lightly covered jumpers would scuttle down the walkway to take their positions in the jumping queue. My shots are slightly blurred from frost and the chill factor on my clicking finger. Digital zoom.. The founding jumpers had already given way to a another wave of cold plungers. Bayview Center/ Eight below.

A shark emerged from the frozen waters....

Each group examines the water before their jump.

The emerged from the water, then these ladies immediately posed for me. Very sincere smiles!